For the current Meditation Toolbox course (winter 2017 semester) enrolled students include a number of educators and parents. After class #5, where we discussed mindfulness and behavior, a number of these folks who are interested in childhood development approached me to ask about how these mindfulness techniques can be applied to education and helping children to navigate their worlds.
For more information about how educators are currently developing mindfulness for children, here are a few resources to look into:
- The book by Jon Kabat-Zinn (founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)) and his wife Myla Kabat-Zinn is called Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
- CalmerChoice.org is a mindfulness for teens program that is in ten high schools across Cape Cod. Their mission is to teach young people how to manage stress and conflict and help rid their lives of violence and self-destructive behavior.
- MindfulSchools.org is another source which trains educators mindful practices to teach youth. It also allows you to connect with other educators who are interested in mindfulness.
- The organization stressedteens.com has created a special version of MBSR that is appropriate for teenagers. It is called MBSR-T.
When thinking about mindfulness for children, it is important to consider what is appropriate for each stage of development.
Winter 2017 - written by Gena Bean